Some people must be wondering what is One FC? Just like how they wondered who Shooto was. I understand that a lot of my followers and fans probably don’t know much of the different Fight Promotions so I decided to shed some light on them through this blog.
This Japan fight is hosted by Shooto as mentioned in Last Nights Blog. But at the beginning of the year, Asias biggest Fight promotions partnered with Shooto. This partnership is with One Fighting Championship. or One FC.
One FC is the UFC of the Asian Market and they already have a huge following in the United States. They are known as the Olympics of MMA Fighting in which they don’t focus on the “entertainment” or “extra curricular’s” like the UFC. They are about the stories behind the fighters, about humbleness, and about taking care of their fighters.
One FC has been one of my team’s goals for me. It is also one of my goals as I continue on this Fight Journey. To be given this opportunity right now at this time is truly a blessing. All I can do right now is focus on this fight and hope I can do the job so that more opportunities become available.
I still trained today with Coach Oz and Coach Scott. We focused on drills and talked through certain scenarios. Coach Scott recapped a few of my training sessions I had and walked me through things I need to clean up.
Coach Scott mentioned today that I am the one who needs to do the job. All I need to do is follow his lead and listen to what he says. I know in my head that it is me that is ultimately in the cage laying it all out. But, it is great to have a mentor like Coach Scott. Actually, I am thankful for all my coaches that includes, B, Oz, and Haru as well.
I know people are probably worried about my weight cut. The time to worry is if on the day of weigh ins I am still not at the required weight. This process has been done by me one too many times to panic. I know what I need to do and I will do what needs to be done. Though I must say, cutting weight is probably one of the worse things on this fight journey.
I have a half day at work tomorrow and stretching with one of my sponsors. Then I will work on what I can to cut weight for the rest of the day. Wednesday I leave Honolulu and arrive Thursday which gives me about a day and half in Japan to cut more weight if I need to.
Yes this fight was taken on a short notice but I am not making excuses. I will get the job done and I will make weight!
A lot of people haven’t heard of Shooto-MMA simply because they are located in Japan. This organization is actually 30-years old and I am fighting in their 30th year Tour.
According to the Shooto-MMA Wikipedia page, Shooto was formed in 1985 as a fighting system based off of shoot wrestling. Their first amateur event happened in 1986 and their first professional event happened in 1989, which is the year they are celebrating.
This fighting system evolved a lot over the years into what we now know as Mixed Martial Arts. The organization has grown tremendously and continues to grow. They will continue to see this growth as they most recently partnered up with One Fighting Championship.
Weight Cut Update
Well, I am still on track to make weight before I step on that plane. The next couple of days are going to be crucial. I do this so many times one would think I would have this down to a system. Well I kind of do have one but it all comes down to how I execute it.
We are in the fine tuning stages of finalizing the game plan for this fight. I am still putting in the work and focusing my energy where it needs to be focused. I have one more session with all three of my coaches together and I am ready to make full use of that time. After that it is all in my hands and up to me to put forth everything they have instilled in me this fight camp that was real short notice.
How am I feeling?
I guess I can still say excited. This is going to be an experience for me and a few firsts as well. The body is receiving some therapy because we all know we must take care of our body if we want it to continue to support us in all we do. Especially for me as a fighter, recovery is important.
I have a full day and a half of work to go at my full time job with UFC Gym Mililani and then I take care of some last minute stuff before I pack.
For now let me just say, I am excited and really looking forward to this opportunity!
JAPAN I am coming very soon! It is typical for me not to know who my opponents are when they announce who it is I will fight. This fight was no different. I was sent a video link and was told this is the guy you will be fighting. I usually don’t like to watch film of my opponents until maybe the week of or week before the fight. But since it was a short notice fight and because I was instructed to watch it, I did.
Yusaku Nakamura, Japan
My opponents name is Yusaku Nakamura. He is a fighter out of Team Alpha Male Japan. His record is 14 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw. Yusaku is a seasoned fighter and his most recent stint was with the fight promotion known as Rizin. Rizin was dubbed as the new Pride.
From reading what is available online and watching some of the film, we have learned that he has a Kempo Karate style of fighting. That really doesn’t matter as we prepare for all eventualities.
If you follow me and my fight career, you know that I most times have to cut weight. This fight is the same but needing to lose an extra five pounds to my normal 135 to 130.
How am I feeling? Well I guess you could say I am feeling a little normal yet a little nervous because adding in a flight over into International waters has never been an issue. If you don’t know, flying over can add on 5 pounds due to swelling. Along with that concern is the possibility of dehydration while in the air. So all these things play a factor at this moment.
I am on track to make weight right now. My diet has been strict a d my water intake has been good, Cutting back on the water intake and focusing on dropping as much weight as I can before my flight.
I am focusing on preparing myself not only physically but mentally as well. Not only is it my first Professional International Fight, it is my very first fight out of my home, Hawaiʻi. Not my territory, not my normal crowd who comes out, a whole different scenery. Regardless of all that, I am focusing on me and my game plan and following the lead of my coaches and team.
Coach Scott has been drilling me and putting me through different scenarios. Listening to him and following his lead is what will get me through this. However, I know that I am ultimately the one who is in the cage and doing the work. I know that I am going to have to be the one who finishes the job.
Stay tuned for the rest of the updates to see where my thoughts are as we get closer to the departure of my flight and all the work that comes after it! Here is last update if you missed it before this one: Japan 1.
We are 9 days out from X1 World Events 51. I will be defending my Bantam Weight World Title. My training is firing full force as the final stretch approaches. I am not taking anything for granted or my opponent lightly. My coaches are doing their part in preparing me the best they can and the rest is up to me to execute.
This will be the toughest match…
To me every match is the toughest match! If a fighter doesn’t think this, then in some sense they are taking their opponent lightly. A tough match is every match you take because you just don’t know what to expect. All I can do until then is focus on myself and on my training. I know that my opponent is coming and will be bringing all he got because he wants my title!
Are you tired?
This is a frequently asked question. Fighters like me here in Hawaiʻi have to hold a full time job because we cannot all be fortunate to fight and make money especially since we pay to live in paradise. All I know is that I can’t stop and won’t stop until I complete the task at hand and that is defending my title and representing Hawaiʻi best I can. Until then, the hustle is real, putting in the work is crucial!
Sending out a quick thanks to all who have purchased shirts and tickets from me. I find part of my motivation from seeing all the support and feeling all the love that comes my way. From my family, friends, sponsors, co-workers, students and beyond, the love and support is amazing!
I look forward to putting on a great show for all of you and I know only great things can happen with that support and love!
We are 12 days out from X1-51 and I am pretty excited because it is really going to be One to Remember. Training is going great. My Coaches have me focusing on details, however they are also keeping me on my toes. I am keeping up on my cardio and workouts to make sure I am tip top shape. Also, I am heading into weight cut time and things are falling into place.
It’s a pretty stacked card and I am so stoked to be the Co-Main Event against a tough opponent from Japan. Lots of people are telling me this is going to be the toughest fight for me due to the fact that it is Japan opponent with a little more experience. All I am thinking about is putting out my BEST as I always do. I am going to remain focus on what I need to do and follow my coaches instructions.
Support Crew & Sponsors
There are lots of people working behind the scenes to help me prepare for this huge fight.
My Coaches: Brandyn Akamine, Scott Junk, Brad Osborne, Haru Shimanishi all giving me pointers and helping me with my game. Shoutout to Justin Mercs Mercado for some of his workouts as well,
My brother, Ryan. He was supposed to fight in this one too, but things happen and he is not. But, as always, he has my back and supports me in everything. Major shoutout to my family as well for supporting me on this journey!
My Sponsors: Delight Brand Clothing they have been printing my shirts for the past few fights and will be doing this one as well. They also give me part of the proceeds to help me with Fight Camp as well. Check them put for some Local Hawaiʻi apparel.
Tulipa Style LLC not only sponsored me monetarily but they do a lot for me in regards to alleviating a lot from burdening me as I prepare for the fight. They have taken the lead in my Digital Marketing and Branding, securing other sponsors, T-Shirt sales, Ticket Sales, and much more. They have a team of dedicated individuals who really lookout for my best interest.
Weezography has been taking photos and video of me and editing them as well. They are a locally owned business that does Video and Photo Services. They work hand in hand with Tulipa Style LLC.
Brede Productions is a DJ, Sound System, and Disco company. Kaleo donated some time to do my Fundraiser and did an awesome job with the sounds.
Level Up Massage LLC is my newest sponsor thanks to Tulipa Style LLC. Royce Kaleikini is a Licensed Massage Therapist that has gicven me some great pointers already in regards to Body Care. His massage was on point and I look forward to seeing him more in the future.
Before I end todays blog, I also want to shoutout to my friends and supporters from the UFC Gyms as well as outside of the gym. You may think that your support goes unnoticed but it does not. I see and hear all of the support and that in itself helps me through tough times along my fight camp. I sincerely love and appreciate all of the support!
Leading up to the fight I will be sharing more thoughts. However, it may not be as long as this LOL, but I want to just share with you a little more of my insights.
This soul was born for battle, my heart was built for war!